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Chavan meets Malegaon accused kin, offers help

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan met families of those imprisoned for involvement in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and assured them all legal assistance.

mumbai Updated: Jan 11, 2011 23:39 IST
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Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan met families of those imprisoned for involvement in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and assured them all legal assistance. This comes after Swami Aseemanand's confession before a magistrate last month that the blasts were his handiwork.

"The CM told us that he was in Delhi on Tuesday and had discussed the developments with the PM," said Momin Mujeeb, a Malegaon-based lawyer, who was part of the delegation.

"We will now be going to Delhi next week to meet the prime minister and home minister because the CBI is a central agency and does not take orders from the state government."

Minister for minority development Naseem Khan, who led the team of families of the accused to meet Chavan said, "They (locals, organisations) have been saying since 2006 that the investigations in the case have been biased. With the confession of Aseemanand, they have been proven right. They have asked CM to intervene in the case to give justice to the 13 men accused in the case."

Chavan told the delegation he was seeking a legal opinion and the state would look at the best remedy to ensure innocent were not being punished in the case. Home minister RR Patil had written a letter to the CBI on Monday asking them to look into the demands of the families of the accused in the Malegaon case in the lieu of Aseemanand's confession.

Aseemanand, who worked for the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Gujarat's Dangs district had made a confession last month that he and other Hindutva activists had conspired in the Malegaon, Samjjauta Express, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid bombings in Hyderabad.